Exec/Industry Moves

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Minister Steven Guilbeault set for keynote at BANFF ’21

“In these difficult times, we couldn’t be more proud to support a creative, dynamic and innovative industry that brings culture to the forefront,” said Guilbeault in a statement.

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Bell Fund, Shaw Rocket Fund & TELUS Fund unite for pilot project

Led by Vancouver’s Magnify Digital, the Audience Development Pilot Project aims to share audience insights to increase the discoverability of future Canadian content, and more.

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A Canadian POV on global digital trends

Media consultancy firm UM Canada’s digital director Dennis Truong explains four forces that could take shape and the implications for media planners and buyers.

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In brief: Inside Out, OUTtv name recipients for documentary fund

Death of a Ladies’ Man (pictured) wins over the Cinequest jury, while FIN Atlantic reveals changes to its annual copro and co-financing market.

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Twenty tapped for 2021 Development Packaging Program

The IPF and CMF are providing a combined investment of roughly $600,000 and consultation advisory services for these selected short-form scripted series.

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WildBrain taps former Spin Master exec to lead animation development

Lorna Withrington has been appointed to the new role of VP, development – animation, based in Toronto, to build out the company’s animation slate.

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Pixcom appoints Jennifer Gatien as head of factual television and producer

The former WAM Media GRP head of production previously worked on Pixcom shows such as Restoration Garage and Dangerous Flights.

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Charles Tremayne partners with Cineflix Media to launch First Story Productions

The New York-based prodco will develop and produce content based on true events, both for unscripted and scripted.

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Boat Rocker Studios expands its scripted team

The Boat Rocker Media division has added Joe Lazarov (pictured) as SVP, head of current and Denise Pleune as SVP, head of post-production.

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In brief: Canadian talent earn award recognition home, abroad

Canadian cinematographers, music supervisors and more see gold, while Blue Ant Media’s FAST expansion continues.

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TVA Group CEO France Lauziere temporarily steps back

Lauziere, who also serves as chief content officer of Quebecor Content, will be away for up to six months due to family reasons.

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Projects from Tasha Hubbard, Oya Media Group among Hot Docs Deal Maker selections

Two Intuitive Pictures projects were also tapped alongside In the Wake from Lantern Films and Experimental Forest Films.